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EasyJet has called for the UK to secure a bilateral agreement with the EU to allow it to continue flights from the UK after it leaves the EU, as concerns grow in the industry about the fate of British airlines after Brexit.

The company said that its minimum requirement to continue flights between the UK and EU will be “a straightforward bilateral aviation agreement”.

The statement follows a warning from rival Ryanair earlier today, which said there is a “distinct possibility of no flights between Europe and the UK” for a period after March 2019.

At the same time, EasyJet said it “will ensure that we can maintain our flying rights within the EU”. The company said it is close to announcing its application for an EU air operator’s certificate, which will allow it to handle intra-EU flights.

The company reiterated its commitment to keeping its headquarters in Luton. It said an EU operating company would need to be majority EU-owned, but said “as easyJet plc currently has 49 per cent EU shareholders this will not present a challenge”.

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